Slow Food Finally Addresses Elitism Charges With $5 Challenge
But the American wing of the organization is slowly finding ways to address charges that it's an elite group of foodies whose pastoral ideals are out of the range of the people whose health is most threatened by our fast-food culture. As yesterday's article in Forbes magazine (Forbes!) describes, Slow Food USA is holding a "$5 Challenge" Day of Action on September 17, daring people to come up with a meal, using entirely unprocessed ingredients, that costs $5 or less per person.
Five dollars per person? That's positively luxurious -- people who take the San Francisco Food Bank's Hunger Challenge next week only get $4.72 to spend per day. People who sign up for the challenge are encouraged to throw Day of Action dinners or potlucks. San Francisco's only organized event, Soup for Supper, is being held at 18 Reasons. The cost: $5, naturally.